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2021 Oscar Predictions:



Just like Schitt’s Creeks very own Moira Rose, my favourite season is awards season and we are nearing the end of the strangest and most unpredictable awards season we have ever seen. The season is culminating with the 93rd Academy Awards (25th April 2021). In this article, I will be giving a run down of the all of the nominations and who I think will take home the biggest prizes come Oscar night (and if given the choice who I would hand the Oscars out to.
*DISCLAIMER: I have only predicted the categories for which I have seen the nominations.*

Best Picture:

Nominations: The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Nomadland looks on course to take the Best Picture Oscar.

2020 was an awful year for many factors of peoples lives, however it was a very good year for film. This is one of the best lineups for Best Picture in recent memory. Nomadland is the clear frontrunner with Promising Young Woman, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Minari looking to be its closest competitors.


Best Director:

Nominations: Chloe Zhao, David Fincher, Emerald Fennell, Lee Isaac Chung, Thomas Vinterberg.

Chloe Zhao has so far stormed awards season.

When the nominations were announced, Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) earning a nomination was my favourite surprise nomination of all the nominations, along with Emerald Fennell (Promsing Young Woman), although that wasn’t much of a surprise! However, I can’t look much further than Chloe Zhao (Nomadland) becoming only the second woman to ever take home the Best Director award.


Best Actress:

Nominations: Andra Day, Carey Mulligan, Frances McDormand, Vanessa Kirby, Viola Davis.

Carey Mulligan shines in Promising Young Woman.

This category has been completely blown wide open. Each of these actresses would be worthy of taking home the Oscar with each delivering fantastic performances and I would be happy with any of them winning. Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman) looked to be the early frontrunner however with Viola Davis (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) taking home the SAG Award, Andra Day (The United States VS Billie Holliday) winning the Golden Globe and only Frances McDormand (Nomadland) and Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) up for BAFTA, this category certainly does have a spanner in the works for many.


Best Actor:

Nominations: Anthony Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, Gary Oldman, Riz Ahmed, Steven Yeun.

Chadwick Boseman looks certain to win the award for Best Actor.

All three of Gary Oldman (Mank), Steven Yeun (Minari) and Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal) are all fantastic in their films this year and are fully deserving of their Oscar nominations however none are in with a look in, in my opinion. Despite Anthony Hopkins (The Father) producing the best performance of the year with a crushing and heartbreaking portrayal of a man with dementia, this looks like Chadwick Boseman’s (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) Oscar to lose.


Best Supporting Actress:

Nominations: Amanda Seyfried, Glenn Close, Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman, Yuh-Jung Youn.

Olivia Colman could take her home her second Oscar in two years.

For me this is the hardest category to predict for this year with no clear frontrunner. Jodie Foster (The Mauritanian) took home the Golden Globe in this category and she isn’t even nominated for the Oscar. Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) are the only two nominated in this category at the BAFTA’s. Despite Amanda Seyfried dazzling in Mank, I can’t see her being in the running. Glenn Close (Hillbilly Elegy) is fully deserving of an Oscar however this again won’t be her year. That leaves Maria Bakolava, Olivia Colman (The Father) and Yuh-Jung Youn- it could really be any of them!


Best Supporting Actor:

Predictions: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Leslie Odom Jr, Paul Raci, Sacha Baron Cohen.

Daniel Kaluuyas win looks set in stone.

One of the most fun Best Supporting Actor categories in recent memory, all are deserving to win the Oscar. The standout of them all however is Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah). It’s his award to lose.


Best Animated Feature:

Nominations: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Onward, Over the Moon, Soul, Wolfwalkers.

Soul debuted on Disney+ to rave reviews from critics and audience alike.

There was some talk at the start of awards season that Soul could be in line for a Best Picture nod. This hasn’t happened however I think it is a shoo-in to take home the Best Animated Feature prize. It will have some strong competition from Onward and Wolfwalkers however it is likely to be a favourite amongst the Academy voters.


Best International Feature:

Nominations: Another Round, Better Days, Collective, The Man Who Sold His Skin, Quo Vadis, Aida?

Another Round (Denmark) looks to be the clear frontrunner.

Like Parastite last year, Another Round looks certain to take home the Best International Feature award, and deservedly so. It’s easily one of my favourite watches from last year. Quo Vadis, Aida? could provide some competition however Thomas Vinterberg’s nod for Best Director looks to have all but sealed the win.


Best Adapted Screenplay:

Nominations: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Nomadland, One Night in Miami, The Father, The White Tiger.

Sacha Baron Cohen is nominated for the second time in this category, once again for Borat.

The screenplay categories always plays a pivotal role in predicting who will take home the Best Picture award and this year could be no different. Nomadland looks to be the clear frontrunner with The Father picking up some momentum. Whilst Nomadland is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, the screenplay is not it’s biggest plus point, whereas The Father relies heavily on its dialogue. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm could make a late rally, it’s probably Sacha Baron Cohen’s best chance of taking an award come Oscars night.


Best Original Screenplay:

Nominations: Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Best Original Screenplay could be the best opportunity for Minari to take home an award.

Possibly the most wide open and heavily contested category. Each of these screenplays would be a worthy winner. Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) looks set to be in the lead, and rightfully so, however Minari is breathing down its neck. You can also never rule out an Aaron Sorkin screenplay (The Trial of the Chicago 7) to be a favourite amongst the Academy voters.


Best Cinematography:
Nominations: Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, News of the World, NOMADLAND (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Best Editing:
Nominations: THE FATHER (MY CHOICE), Nomadland, Promising Young Woman, Sound of Metal, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (PREDICTED WINNER). 

Best Production Design:
Nominations: The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, MANK (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), News of the World, Tenet.

Best Visual Effects:
Nominations: Love and Monsters, Mulan, TENET (PREDICTED WINNER+MY CHOICE), The Midnight Sky, The One and Only Ivan.

Original Score:

Original Song:
Nominations: Fight For You: Judas and the Black Messiah, HEAR MY VOICE: THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 (MY CHOICE) Husavik: Eurovision Song Contest, Io Si: The Life Ahead, SPEAK NOW: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (PREDICTED WINNER).

Best Sound:
Nominations: Greyhound, Mank, News of the World, SOUL (MY CHOICE), SOUND OF METAL (PREDICTED WINNER).

Best Costume Design:

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
Nominations: Emma, Hillbilly Elegy, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (MY CHOICE+PREDICTED WINNER), Mank, Pinocchio.


23 years old-Manchester-Film Studies Graduate-Qualified Film and Media Teacher-Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Olivia Colman enthusiast. Check out my Letterboxd for more reviews and film goodness.

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‘Sometimes I Think About Dying’ Review | A Poignant Portrait On Internal Struggles



Based on the 2013 play Killers by Armento and a 2019 short, Sometimes I Think About Dying, director Rachel Lambert’s film “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” starring and produced by Daisy Ridley, offers a poignant and introspective exploration of social anxiety, isolation, and suicidal impulses. The film delicately unfolds in a small Oregon coastal town, with Ridley’s character, Fran, navigating the background of life as she grapples with daydreams of her death. Ridley delivers a captivating performance, showcasing her range outside of her iconic role in the Star Wars saga. 

Lost on the dreary Oregon coast, Fran (Daisy Ridley) finds solace in her cubicle, listening to the constant hum of officemates and occasionally daydreaming to pass the time. She is ghosting through life, unable to pop her bubble of isolation, however when a friendly new coworker, Robert (Dave Merheje) persistently tries to connect with her. Though it goes against every fibre of her being, she may have to give this guy a chance. 

Fran likes to think about dying. It brings sensation to her quiet life. When she makes the new guy at work laugh, it leads to more: a date, a slice of pie, a conversation, a spark. The only thing standing in their way is Fran herself. 

Photograph: Vertigo Releasing

Working as an office administrator, it’s a role she quietly excels at, the film masterfully captures the awkwardness of Fran’s interactions with her co-workers, highlighting her struggles to speak up and navigate social situations. Lambert’s direction immersed me in Fran’s perspective, creating a sense of intimacy and empathy for her internal struggles with introversion and loneliness. The portrayal of social anxiety and awkwardness feels authentic and relatable, resonating with the complexities of human connection in a world filled with loneliness. Lambert chose to tell this story, identifying as I did with Isolation and how a person can feel when they struggle to find a connection in the world that surrounds them. Fran ultimately is a person who wants to feel love, and joy and communicate with others but that path throughout the film plays mysteriously and is often out of reach for her. So for comfort like many others, Fran retreats into her mind, creating a landscape of forest floors and oceans. The mind is where you can imagine all sorts of things for delight and often stimulation. Sometimes they are images that allow her to fathom the ultimate escape from life. These ideations, while allowing her to feel the extremity of sensation, can only deepen her feelings of being too ‘different’ or ‘strange.’ Thus, a chasm between her public and private self grows. Until that is, she meets Robert, who disrupts her patterns of orderly disassociation.

There’s a lot of loneliness in the world today, and this film captures that realistically, slowly revealing each of the two main characters. Fran and Robert meet and awkwardly start a relationship. As they embark on this awkward relationship, the film beautifully balances moments of melancholy with glimpses of hope and humour. Lambert skillfully restricts dialogue, allowing visual storytelling to take centre stage and evoke emotional depth. The film’s blend of influences, from deadpan humour to human drama, results in a captivating and thought-provoking narrative that raises awareness about mental health issues. If you are introverted like me, the arrival of new friends tends to disrupt patterns. However, she is embraced instead of being shunned by Robert at her most vulnerable. She is seen. And her pain appears to dissolve. Fran is a woman who channels so much of the anxiety, fear, and dread that plagues her body in this moment, and, yet, she remains determined to find meaning. She is unwearying, messy, hilarious and, also, in some pain. I found it rather consoling to see that portrayed honestly. 

Photograph: Vertigo Releasing

“Sometimes I Think About Dying” serves as a quiet yet profound examination of social anxiety, depression, and the challenges of putting oneself out there. The film’s beautiful score and tone enhance its portrayal of an introverted love story, offering a tender and sensitive look at the complexities of the human experience. When thinking about death one is worrying about living. I get so worked up about living, and living rightly that I overthink in my head so I end up taking up residence there. That’s what Fran does. With Robert now in the picture, Lambert allows Fran’s story to step out into the day which allows Fran to see what’s right in front of her. And risk loving it all for the sake of being alive. Fran is not interested in hurting herself, that’s not her goal.  What I felt whilst watching is that pain, for her, has to do more with figuring out how to be a person in the world, and to be comfortable with all that entails. Ridley’s standout performance, coupled with Lambert’s nuanced direction, makes this film a compelling and emotionally resonant cinematic experience that offers an artful portrayal of shyness.

This independent feature truly showcases the highest level of craftsmanship in filmmaking. The static lensing and composed shots, thanks to cinematographer Dustin Lane, guide the audience to notice tiny, delicate details ultimately finding beauty and emotional resonance in everyday moments. Director Fran’s subtle approach allows us to dig deeper into the story, with lead actress Ridley’s remarkable ability to convey emotions through subtle gestures adding a layer of depth to the film. The score by composer Dabney Morris brings such a melancholic feel to the film, which is the perfect accompaniment to writers Kevin Armento, Stefanie Abel Horowitz and Katy Wright-Mead’s screenplay.

Photograph: Vertigo Releasing

Alongside a subtle sense of melancholy, as we’ve mentioned, the film also offers moments of hope and joy in the protagonist’s simple pleasures. From Fran excelling at her job to enjoying cottage cheese and wine in her apartment, the film embraces the beauty in life’s small moments. The inclusion of black humour adds an unexpected twist, such as during a murder-mystery game where Fran’s fascination with death serves her well. 


In conclusion, “Sometimes I Think About Dying” is a moving and thought-provoking exploration of mental health and human connection, brought to life through stellar performances and visually rich storytelling. Lambert’s directorial vision and Ridley’s compelling portrayal make this film a must-watch for those seeking a deeper understanding of social anxiety and the complexities of the human psyche. I found it rather cathartic and sincere.

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First Look at Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘The Bride’



Maggie Gyllenhaal/Niko Tavernise/Instagram

We have our first look at ‘The Bride.’ New images released by director Maggie Gyllenhaal show Christian Bale as Frankenstein’s monster. Gyllenhaal, who is teaming up Warner Bros. Pictures shared the first images from a camera test to her Instagram account. The all-star cast opposite of Christian Bale and Jessie Buckley are Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard and Annette Bening. The film will also have “Joker” cinematographer Lawrence Sher.

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A Must-See Satanic Panic Horror – Late Night With the Devil




Written and directed by Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes, Late Night With the Devil follows a late night TV host Jack Delroy, fighting the plummeting viewership of his show by welcoming in people from the occult in order to change that, but of course, everything doesn’t go as smooth as planned.

David Dastmalchian as Jack Delroy Late Night With the Devil (2023)

David Dastmalchian has appeared in a lot of films however always in smaller roles including The Dark Knight, Prisoners and more recently The Suicide Squad. This film allows Dastmalchian to take on the lead role of Jack Delroy, the host of the late night show at the centre of this film, and he genuinely does a great job. There’s a real range of emotions which his character goes through during the course of this film and he depicts them so well.

If you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’re going to really appreciate the use of practical effects in this. There’s plenty of stretchy and gooey gore for all of the horror fanatics that will have you shouting at the screen. 

From left to right: Laura Gordon, Ingrid Torelli, David Dastmalchian, Ian Bliss

If you want to hear my full thoughts, check out my review over on YouTube and let me know your opinions in the comments.

Late Night With the Devil will be released in cinemas from 22nd March and on Shudder on 19th April.

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